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Old July 23, 2015, 09:09 PM   #1
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I have a army 1860 repro. The finish is basiclly non existant. Oddly enough, I like the way it looks. But... if plackpowder even looks at it, the gun will rust. Before I blue it does anyone know of a way to finish or protect the metal so that it will keep that same old bare metal look but have some kind of protection?
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Old July 23, 2015, 09:31 PM   #2
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Old July 24, 2015, 12:52 AM   #3
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Just clean & oil it & yule have little or no rust, which yule get rid of the next time you shoot it. I've used many of my cap guns for lotsa years and they have no bluing on the & no rust either & I live in humid Ohio.
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Old July 24, 2015, 01:34 AM   #4
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While I sure would not remove the blue from MY guns I do like the "experienced" grey look of your gun.

And yeah, just keep it oiled normally just like you would with a blued gun and it'll stay the same way it is now. It may get a little staining around the areas that see the most fouling. But hey! That'll just add to the patina.

One thing to watch for when you're cleaning. I found that the metal, blued or not, likes to build up a bit of flash rust if left soaking in hot soapy water during cleaning. When I dunked the barrel in the bucket to soak while I cleaned the cylinder when I lifted the barrel out about 10 minutes later there was some flash rust at different parts. So now I only do one part at a time to avoid this. And sure enough it works. If you clean then rinse and dry and oil all within around 5 to 7 minutes there's no issue with flash rust adding to the color. So don't dawdle! ! ! ! !
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Old July 24, 2015, 09:21 AM   #5
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That 1860 is a near ringer for my old 'unknown maker' 1860 I got in the early 80's, even to the short grip and appearance of the wood. It too has finish problems, and some dings.
Lately I have taken to wiping my cap&balls down with a silicone impregnated cloth - seems to work well.
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Old July 24, 2015, 09:41 AM   #6
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OK, I am convinced, no blueing for the old girl
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Old July 24, 2015, 02:15 PM   #7
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OK, I am convinced, no blueing for the old girl
Good! I like the way she looks, too!!

I don't submerge any gun for cleaning. Mop out the barrel and chambers, dry with paper towel wads and a bore snake through the barrel. Scant bit of oil or grease on all surfaces except inside the chambers themselves. Rust is not a problem.
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